Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Ajitha Nair, DPM, MPH -  - Foot and Ankle Specialist

Propel Foot and Ankle

Ajitha Nair, DPM, MPH

Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Oakland, CA

Stabbing heel pain that’s most severe with your first few steps in the morning may be a sign of plantar fasciitis. Podiatrist Ajitha Nair, DPM, MPH, diagnoses and treats plantar fasciitis at Propel Foot and Ankle in Oakland, California. If you think you may have plantar fasciitis, call or book an appointment online today for comprehensive, compassionate care.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain that affects the bottom of your foot. About 2 million patients receive treatment for plantar fasciitis every year.

The plantar fascia is a band of tissue (ligament) that stretches from the forefoot to heel bone and supports the arch of your foot. Though it’s built to withstand the great stresses your feet endure, too much pressure can cause the plantar fascia to become damaged or torn. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the damage to the plantar fascia causes inflammation.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Stabbing pain at the bottom of your foot near the heel is the primary symptom of plantar fasciitis. This pain is often worst first thing in the morning or after long periods of rest. The pain may subside as the plantar fascia stretches and warms up with a few minutes of walking.

Plantar fasciitis that remains untreated may worsen and cause a bone spur to develop on the heel.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

First, Dr. Nair listens carefully as you describe your symptoms and medical history. Then, she examines your foot and looks for signs that may indicate plantar fasciitis, including:

  • A high arch
  • Limited range of motion
  • Tenderness at the bottom of your heel
  • Pain that worsens when you flex your foot and she presses on the plantar fascia

She may also take an X-ray to rule out other causes of heel pain, like a fracture, or to check for a bone spur.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

After she diagnoses plantar fasciitis, Dr. Nair develops an individualized treatment plan to relieve your heel pain and help you resume normal activities. In more than 90% of cases, plantar fasciitis resolves with conservative treatments, including:

  • Reducing activities that make pain worse
  • Wearing supportive shoes and orthotics
  • Wearing a night splint to stretch the plantar fascia
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Cortisone injections

If your pain continues after trying all available treatment, Dr. Nair may recommend surgery.

To find relief from plantar fasciitis and return to the activities you love, call Propel Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.